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Vyšlo v časopise Dějiny věd a techniky, Ročník XLV – 2012, č. 1. Autor: Michal V. Šimůnek.
The end of the ‘irreplaceable man.’ The liquidation of Reinhard Heydrich in a medical context. Part. I.
The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich represents an important event in twentieth-century Czech and European history. Despite the fact that there exists extensive literature on this subject, what has been missing is an overview that would, based on accessible archive sources and published knowledge, summarize his medical treatment after the attack from May 27 to June 4, 1942. Yet the outcome of the medical care he received in many ways played a crucial role. The aim of the present study is therefore to offer such a summary in the context of the history of medicine and in connection with the state of medical practice in the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia.
Summary: The goal of this contribution is to summarize existing information and its interpretation pertaining to a relatively short, yet absolutely crucial period immediately following the attack on Reinhard Heydrich on May 27, 1942, and ending with the Deputy Reich Protector’s death on June 4, 1942. The first part of the article focuses on the causality of events that resulted in the given type of injury. The remainder of the study analyses the first aid that was or was not provided, that is, issues that fall into the history of medicine. The author’s aim is to use all available sources of information, including less known ones.